The biggest Greek island and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean, Crete is also Europe’s most southerly island, located around 90 miles from the mainland.
Crete is long and thin with 650 miles of coastline. It is considered the steam engine of the Greek tourism industry, concentrating up to one fifth of the country’s hotel capacity, while having more than 300 days of sunshine per year.
Most development is on the north coast and specifically the northeast with the former fishing village of Elounda now home to smart villas and five-star hotels. Crete is served by three international airports (Heraklion, Chania and Sitia), and four main ports (Heraklion, Souda, Aghios Nikolaos, Rethymno).